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Old 10-01-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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Righting a wrong - 7 days to SURPRISE No.1! *REVEAL VIDEO ADDED!*

REVEAL VIDEO NOW ADDED AT BOTTOM OF POST


The background to our surprise.....

In November 2010 we had our first trip to Florida, it was to be me and my wife, our (then) 5 yr old daughter, my two sisters-in-law, my brother and his girlfriend, and my parents.

Sadly, the morning when we were getting ready to load the car up to go to my parents to get a taxi all together to Gatwick, my mum phoned to tell me that my dad had not been well the night before and had fallen back into a bout of severe depression. He had suffered badly a few years earlier and been off work for months getting better. He could not even get out of bed, and they had to completely cancel. As you can imagine, this was a desperately sad time for all of us, and my parents lost thousands of pounds.

My daughter is the apple of her Grandad's eye and he was tearing himself apart that a) he could affect our happiness in enjoying our trip, and b) that he couldn't get to see my daughter doing all the amazing things we were going to do.

The rest of us went, emailed them daily with plenty of pictures - which seemed to help him through his illness, we made a journal of our daily activities and made an amazing holiday video to show them when we got home. I made them a photobook of our holiday which I gave them that Christmas. There was many tears of sadness and equally many of happiness in those two months.

Of course, what was intended to be a 'once in a lifetime' holiday, ended up with us saying we want to go back again and again as often as we possibly can.

We have always told our daughter that we would next go back when she is eleven - she will tell you that to this day if you ask her. What she doesn't know is that next Tuesday we fly out for 19 days, this time WITH her Nanny and Grandad!!!!!

She knows Nanny and Grandad are going on Holiday next week, however on Monday her surprise No.1 is that she will be missing school on Tuesday as we are taking them to Gatwick airport, staying over, and seeing them off at the airport!

Once at the airport on Tuesday morning we will hit her with the BIG ONE!!!

Can't Wait!!!!

Feel free to 'like' our Facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/TheRoshiersDoFlorida2012?ref=hl
where we hope to upload a short video of the main surprise reveal as well as post pictures and updates of our holiday as we go along.

UPDATE!!
Finally I have finished editting the intro for our video which includes the reveal at Gatwick, see here -


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlWRauAvm4c
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:49 PM   #2
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How fantastic Have a great time we'll be just behind you, fly next Thursday - my ticker is from Weds as that's when we leave home!
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:14 PM   #3
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Sounds amazing!
Have a fantastic trip...
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:38 PM   #4
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wow how wonderful.

Better join you in your SDD...
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:13 PM   #5
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What a fantastic suprise for your DD - hope you have a wonderful trip
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:18 PM   #6
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:40 PM   #7
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Well, after over a year of planning we are finally into our surprise trip SDD

The background to our surprise.....

In November 2010 we had our first trip to Florida, it was to be me and my wife, our (then) 5 yr old daughter, my two sisters-in-law, my brother and his girlfriend, and my parents.

Sadly, the morning when we were getting ready to load the car up to go to my parents to get a taxi all together to Gatwick, my mum phoned to tell me that my dad had not been well the night before and had fallen back into a bout of severe depression. He had suffered badly a few years earlier and been off work for months getting better. He could not even get out of bed, and they had to completely cancel. As you can imagine, this was a desperately sad time for all of us, and my parents lost thousands of pounds.

My daughter is the apple of her Grandad's eye and he was tearing himself apart that a) he could affect our happiness in enjoying our trip, and b) that he couldn't get to see my daughter doing all the amazing things we were going to do.

The rest of us went, emailed them daily with plenty of pictures - which seemed to help him through his illness, we made a journal of our daily activities and made an amazing holiday video to show them when we got home. I made them a photobook of our holiday which I gave them that Christmas. There was many tears of sadness and equally many of happiness in those two months.

Of course, what was intended to be a 'once in a lifetime' holiday, ended up with us saying we want to go back again and again as often as we possibly can.

We have always told our daughter that we would next go back when she is eleven - she will tell you that to this day if you ask her. What she doesn't know is that next Tuesday we fly out for 19 days, this time WITH her Nanny and Grandad!!!!!

She knows Nanny and Grandad are going on Holiday next week, however on Monday her surprise No.1 is that she will be missing school on Tuesday as we are taking them to Gatwick airport, staying over, and seeing them off at the airport!

Once at the airport on Tuesday morning we will hit her with the BIG ONE!!!

Can't Wait!!!!

Feel free to 'like' our Facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/TheRoshiersDoFlorida2012?ref=hl
where we hope to upload a short video of the main surprise reveal as well as post pictures and updates of our holiday as we go along.

Hope everything goes much smoother for you this time!
We will be surprising our 3 boys with a trip on Sunday and I can't wait!!!
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:42 AM   #8
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She ill love it!!

We're surprising our children with this trip too next Wednesday! :D
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:47 AM   #9
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what an amazing surprise for her
I've 'liked' your facebook page too so I will follow your surprise over there

Hope you all have an amazing time!
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:44 AM   #10
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I'm so glad that your dear dad is feeling much better....depression is a terrible illness especially for men. Its really wonderful that you are all going back together. Keep us informed about how you get on....so exciting. I'm going to have a look at your facebook page now.

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Old 10-03-2012, 06:59 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the good wishes guys!

Getting real close now and I just can't help feeling that because we've been keeping everything a secret for so long that I've forgotten something in the planning!
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:49 AM   #12
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Secret packing day today!!!
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:08 AM   #13
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Well we made it! The surprise went pretty well, our DD couldn't believe it, hope to get a video up on our facebook page if my laptop gets working. Not a bad trip over, bit bumpy. Arrived to the villa about 7pm, to Seaworld yesterday, dined with Shamu (an absolute must do IMHO, incredible!). Rest day today for a little shopping and DTD. Tomorrow is another surprise - CRT at Magic Kingdom for breakfast.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:39 AM   #14
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Glad your there safe and I hope you all have a fantastic holiday
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Glad to hear you arrived safely

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